In 2014, Pitt County, on behalf of the Candlewick Area Sewer District, applied for and received a $3 million grant from the NC Division of Water Infrastructure to connect homes to the Greenville Utilities Commission sewer system. Greenville Utilities recognized the area near the district is primed to experience additional growth because of the NC 11 Southwest Bypass project, and agreed to contribute an additional $700,000 to upsize the pump station and force main along Stantonsburg Road.
Construction of the sewer improvements began in October 2017, and was completed in June 2018, by the T.A. Loving Company. Work then concentrated on the abandonment of existing septic systems for 15 homes and providing a connection to the gravity sewer line, with the system becoming operational in September 2018.
Greenville Utilities Commission now owns and operates the sanitary sewer system.
In 2020, Pitt County hired Withers Ravenel to assist with a Community Development Block Grant - Infrastructure (CDBG-I) application for a second phase of the Candlewick Sewer Project. The proposed service area for Phase II is based on the household income surveys and known septic system failures in Candlewick and Pineridge subdivisions. The Pitt County Board of County Commissioners agreed to provide a $100,000 match in an effort to make the application more competitive. The application for the project was submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Infrastructure in November 2020, and awards will be announced in February 2021.